Yes reducing your stress levels is one of the most effective ways to increase testosterone naturally, in fact reducing your stress levels will benefit your health in a broad number of ways!
So in this article we are going to look at why reducing your stress levels will lead to increased T, what may potentially lead to us to experience stress and how you can potentially manage stress and reduce it.
Why To Look To Increase Testosterone At All
There are many benefits to having healthy testosterone levels & the majority of people actually suffer from low T. The benefits to having healthy levels of include gaining many physical & psychological advantages including:
- Increased Muscle Mass
- Lower Body Fat
- Reduced Risk of Stroke
- Reduced Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
- Increased Confidence & Motivation
There are many other benefits on top of the above, I suggest you check out this Testosterone And Health article, it highlights the multiple health benefits you get from increasing testosterone production.
Why Stress Reduces Testosterone Production
Being stressed leads to reduced testosterone due to cortisol release. So when you are stressed and the body goes in to “fight or flight mode”, cortisol is released to provide the body with energy to deal with the situation in the form of glucose. The problem is the release of cortsisol inhibits testosterone production. So that is why recucing your stress levels is one fo the main ways to increase testosterone naturally. So avoiding and reducing stress where possible is ideal for T production and your wider health!
What Can Cause You To Be Stressed
So there are a number of things that can cause your body body to react like it’s stressed or in other words release cortisol. Now stress in many ways is personal to the individual; but there are a number of things that stress most of us out or lead to cortisol release, so while this is not an exhaustive list, these are the most common stressors or cause of cortisol release for people.
Lack of sleep
Stressful Work Environment
Overdoing it in the gym (an hour +/ not getting suitable rest periods while exercising)
The death a of a loved one
Loss of a job
Increased financial responsibility
You or someone close to you suffering from emotional problems
Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
Chronic illness or injury
Experiencing a traumatic event
Attitude & Expectations eg. If you expect to always succeed, stalled success or failure can cause stress
Fear & Uncertainty – In todays world of terrorist threats & natural disasters, fear of this can cause stress
Change & Being Taken Out of Your comfort zone
So now we’ve covered the main causes of stress, we’re going to look at ways you can reduce stress and manage it.
Stress Management & Reduction Techniques
- Having rest day/ days if you are a regular gym goer
- Reducing Caffeine Intake
- Writing down your stressors & what you are grateful for
- Chewing Gum
- Spending time with family & friends
- Taking Control Of The Situation
- Practicing Mindfulness
- Getting physically intimate (kissing, cuddling, sex etc.)
- Listening To Soothing Music
- Deep Breathing
- Spending Time with Your Pet
- Getting More Sleep/ Rest
- Getting a massage
- Going For A Stroll Outside
Final Thoughts & Future Posts
I hope you have found this post on ways to increase testosterone naturally useful, as you know we’ve focused on stress in this article, I’ve written some articles further investigating some of the methods to reduce stress which you can check out here:
Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – Reducing Stress Pt 1
Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – Reducing Stress Pt 2
There are also more articles on Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally so check those out! If you have any questions with regards to this article, thoughts on ways to reduce stress or I methods you think that I’ve missed just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.